Thursday, January 27, 2011

Win an 'Around the World in 80 Days' trip from Cathay Pacific Airlines

I just came across this amazing competition and thought I would share it with you all.  Around the world in 80 days......for FREE!  And by FREE I mean flights, 4/5* hotel accommodation AND a daily allowance!  This prize was made in heaven!   OK well  actually Hong Kong, home to Cathay Pacific Airlines, who are putting up this glorious gift for one lucky globetrotter!  

So what do you have to do to win?

Well to be fair it isn't too hard. Plus the 8 finalists all get flown to Hong Kong for the final judging , so there is a real incentive to entering even if you don't claim the main prize.  Here is what you need to do BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF MARCH 5TH:

· First, you need to "Like" their Facebook page 

· Next, figure out your ideal itinerary for all those 80 days of unlimited travel on the Cathay Pacific and Dragonair route network. Remember: Cathay will give you 3 nights hotel in each location. Tell Cathay about your around-the-world trip by relating your itinerary, hopes and dream via a video, photos or a simple story. 

· Maje sure to read all the Terms and Conditions (available through the Facebook page).

Good Luck!  

Monday, January 17, 2011

WARNING: Valentine'sDay Approaching!

Just a quick heads up to all you lovers out there!  If you want to surprise your other half with a romantic Valentine's weekend or night away this is time to book now!!!!  Put your wallet where your heart is and get planning!  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Get UP and Do Something: Things to do in Northern Ireland this January

The long days of January are upon us.  For many it is a month of few pleasures, a period of self denial and hibernation, an empty diary used to save and plan for funner times ahead.  It is the new Lent.  But it need not be so grim.  Fair enough we are all broke and deflated after the festive season-but let's not waste a month of living on waiting for the next one to come.  I have  a simple, low-cost suggestion to help us hurdle the dreary days of January; Get up and Do Something!  

 Images from DiscoverNorthernIreland

Northern Ireland is often underestimated as a tourist destination by those in the south.  This is a big mistake.  Right on our doorstep is a region boasting incredible natural beauty, lively cities and towns, great cultural attractions and a diverse range of activities and pursuits.  It is close enough to allow us visit as day tourists, or for longer if we have the time, and yet just different enough for us to feel like we are getting the real deal tourist experience.  The change from Euro to Sterling or from something as simple as green post box to red, gives us that slight feeling of exoticism-even if it is literally the next step up from a domestic day trip. 

If you want to break out of the January blues and break out of Ireland (technically( the here are some events happening in Northern Ireland this month.  
Out to Lunch Festival 2011
the Black Box, Belfast
5-30 January
The annual festival presents a line-up of live music, comedy, spoken word, theatre, film and, of course, lots of yummy food.

Winter Race Series
Stormont Castle
20 January
Banish your winter blues and take part in the Winter Race Series. Competitors will don their head torches and light up the trails through the forests.

Belfast Electronic Festival
Warehouse, 91-93 Boucher Road, Belfast
22 January
The festival will feature 38 artists across two main rooms. It also provides a creative space for like-minded musicians of various music styles such as Electronica, House, Drum n Bass, House, Garage and more.


Introduction to Coasteering Day
Mobile Team Adventure, Millisle, Co Down, 
29 January
Coasteering fast becoming a popular adventure sport in Ireland.  It mixes swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping and traversing the coastline.  Not for the fainthearted! 


Sperrintrek 2011 Winter Hill Walking Festival
29-30 January
Sperrintrek is a series of walking weekends in the Sperrins Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Wow at the stunning scenery around you as you walk of those Christmas pounds!  


For more details on these events or for future events in Northern Ireland call: 1850 230 230, visit Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Information Office at Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or logon to the Discover Ireland website. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A little late maybe, but we at the Top Tips for Trips Blog would still like to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year!  2010 saw the lunch of our blog and we are delighted with how well it has been received.  Thank you all for stopping by :)

Our New Year's Resolution is to bring you MORE interesting  topics, tricks and tips than we managed to get to last year!  We would also like to make The Top Tips for Trips Blog a little more if you have a question, suggestion, review request or just a comment please let us know and we will try our best to respond to you through the blog!

To another year of travel and event!
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